In his moving debut collection, Jackson Burgess examines heartbreak, depression, and empathy through a lens of rigorous introspection.
Atrophy’spoems vary in location, mostly between Los Angeles and Iowa City, with reoccurring characters serving as touchstones, forming the book’s narrative. Much of the collection is about or directly addresses an ex-lover, Lily. In the wake of that failed relationship,Atrophywrestles with loneliness, substance abuse, and dissociation, utilizing lists, letters, prose poems, and free verse.
These poems celebrate the past while mourning it, armed with the advantage of retrospect. Prescription drugs, dog fights, dance parties, love letters, and ghoststhe world depicted is at times dark, at times humorous, but always human.Atrophyis vulnerable and cinematic, a series of manic meditations exploring what it means to love and be loved, to hurt and be hurt.
|Publisher:||Write Bloody Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)|
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Excerpt from "Essay on Tornados":
...Listen when I tell you
something I needed to be told: there is nothing beautiful
about surviving the end times and watching highlight reels
to reminisce. God's the saddest guy in the bar because he remembers what every key on his chain